The Best Episodes of Pokémon

A young boy named Ash Ketchum embarks on a journey to become a "Pokemon Master" with his first Pokemon, Pikachu. Joining him on his travels are Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him. Ash and Co. end up traveling through various regions, including Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto, and then enter the Pokemon League competitions there. Along the way, they run into many confrontations with Jessie, James, and Meowth, a trio of Pokemon thieves who are apart of an evil organization called "Team Rocket". But everytime Team Rocket try to do their evil deeds, they fail thanks to Ash and his Pokemon.

Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!

#1 - Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!

Season 15 - Episode 37

Ash and N prepare to save Iris, Cilan, and Professor Juniper's father from the clutches of Team Plasma before Ghetsis can revive Reshiram, but their attempts to fight back are hampered by Colress's Pokémon controlling machine, forcing them all to call back their Pokémon. Pikachu gets hit by the machine's beam, which sways N into surrendering the Light Stone in exchange for its freedom just as Ghetsis arrives, ready to begin the ritual.

star 9.21
14 votes
Crisis from the Underground Up! (1)

#2 - Crisis from the Underground Up! (1)

Season 14 - Episode 47

Ash and friend finally arrive in Nimbasa City. Before heading to gym they decide to check out the Battle Subway. However, a mysterious event causes the Subway System to halt. They head to the Pokmon Center where strange events begin...

star 9.20
15 votes
Battling a Thaw in Relations!

#3 - Battling a Thaw in Relations!

Season 13 - Episode 31

Ash and Paul's battle in the Sinnoh League quarter-finals rages on as both trainers give it their all. Eventually, both Ash and Paul have just one Pokémon remaining; Infernape for Ash and Electivire for Paul. Which trainer will emerge victorious in this decisive battle and move on to the semi-finals?

star 9.14
14 votes
The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!

#4 - The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!

Season 15 - Episode 32

Ash and his friends come across the Kanto Fair, and seeing a Charmander perform on stage reminds him of his old friend Charizard. He tells Iris, Cilan and N about his and Charizard's history, with Misty and Brock making cameos during the tale. Professor Oak sends Charizard over, and after he meets Iris' Dragonite, the two trainers agree to have a friendly match. Ash's offer to let Charizard rejoin his team is met with approval from all parties involved.

star 9.13
15 votes
A Grand Fight for Winning!

#5 - A Grand Fight for Winning!

Season 13 - Episode 20

The final round of the Grand Festival has arrived. As they promised long ago, Dawn and Zoey are the final two contestants. As the battle begins, Zoey chooses her Glameow and her newly evolved Gallade, while Dawn goes with Piplup and Togekiss. With only one battle standing between them and the Ribbon Cup the battle is sure to be fierce, but who will ultimately win?

star 9.09
11 votes
Working on a Right Move!

#6 - Working on a Right Move!

Season 13 - Episode 28

The Sinnoh League continues and it is time for Ash's battle. Ash will be going up against Conway. As the battle begins Ash gets in over his head when Conway uses the move Trick Room, changing the battle. Will Ash be able to defeat Conway and progress in the tournament.

star 9.00
10 votes
A Real Rival Rouser!

#7 - A Real Rival Rouser!

Season 13 - Episode 30

Ash and Paul's battle in the Sinnoh League quarter-finals rages on. Things are looking good for Ash, who has so far defeated Paul's Aggron and Gastrodon and still has all of his Pokémon remaining, but the tables start to turn when Paul sends out his new Drapion. Will Ash be able to hold his ground and defeat his Sinnoh Region rival once and for all?

star 8.91
11 votes
The Battle Finale of Legend!

#8 - The Battle Finale of Legend!

Season 12 - Episode 48

Cyrus has succeeded in his goal of awakening Dialga and Palkia and now the entire Sinnoh region is in danger. Cyrus plans to rebuild the world in his image, but that means the destruction of everything. Can Ash, Dawn, Brock, Looker, and Cynthia stop Team Galactic and save Sinnoh?

star 8.88
16 votes
Playing With Fire!

#9 - Playing With Fire!

Season 5 - Episode 62

Ash is battling Harrison from Hoenn at the Johto League Silver Conference. Pikachu is very excited to be battling. It's a close match the whole way through, but one by one Harrison knocks out Totodile, Snorlax, and Noctowl. Ash cleverly guides Bayleef through a rough battle with Harrison's Houndoom. Houndoom is a fire type Pokémon so it has the advantage, but Ash had Bayleef use its Vine Whip attack to close Houndoom's mouth. In the end, Bayleef is able to knock out Houndoom! But Bayleef is no match for Harrison's last Pokémon. Harrison's sixth Pokémon is one that Ash has never seen before – Blaziken. It's a fire type Pokémon and it's at a really high level. Ash has saved Charizard for last.

star 8.85
27 votes
Pokemon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu (2)

#10 - Pokemon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu (2)

Season 11 - Episode 20

J has managed to capture Riolu and delivers it to her client. In order to help get it back, Ash is reunited with his old Ranger friend Solana, and together they agree to save Riolu.

star 8.85
13 votes
Secrets from out of the Fog!

#11 - Secrets from out of the Fog!

Season 15 - Episode 34

After N is hurt by Colress's machine, two young women, Anthea and Concordia, come to save him. It is from these two girls that Ash and the others learn the truth about N's life, including his link to the evil Ghetsis.

star 8.83
12 votes
Challenging A Towering Figure!

#12 - Challenging A Towering Figure!

Season 12 - Episode 37

Ash and friends find out that the main event for the Twinleaf Town Festival is a battle tournament, and the winner gets to have a battle with the Sinnoh Battle Frontier Brain, Palmer. Excited about that, Ash enters the tournament with hopes of battling him.

star 8.83
12 votes
Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!

#13 - Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!

Season 15 - Episode 5

An injured Dragonite sets off an alarm at a power plant after sustaining injuries from a battle with a Hydreigon. Officer Jenny arrives at the villa looking for Cynthia’s but she isn’t there. Officer Jenny tells everyone about a Dragonite that has begun destroying the power plant. Iris doesn’t believe that a Dragon-type Pokémon would do something like that and they all head to the power plant to stop Dragonite.

star 8.83
23 votes
Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!

#14 - Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!

Season 14 - Episode 43

On the way to Nimbasa City, Ash and friends find Meowth of Team Rocket lying in a bush. Meowth says he botched a Team Rocket operation and was fired and disowned. He then joins Ash, Iris, and Cilan. Meanwhile a Scrafty comes by and kidnaps Axew.

star 8.82
17 votes
Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!

#15 - Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!

Season 15 - Episode 12

Ash is training at Cynthia’s Villa when Ridley arrives thinking that ash had taken Meloetta away from him. After apologising for his mistake, Team Rocket arrives to take Meloetta. Ash and Meloetta try to get away from the Villa but they are captured by Giovanni. They are then taken to the undersea ruins.

star 8.79
19 votes
The Needs of Three!

#16 - The Needs of Three!

Season 12 - Episode 47

Team Galactic has almost achieved its ultimate goal. In order to complete their plan, Cyrus hires Pokémon Hunter J to catch the legendary Lake Guardians, Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit. Will J and Team Galactic succeed, or will Ash and friends put a stop to their plans?

star 8.79
14 votes
Stopping the Rage of Legends! (1)

#17 - Stopping the Rage of Legends! (1)

Season 14 - Episode 59

Ash tries to challenge Clay to a gym battle again but Clay refuses because he has to find some Revival Herbs for Driftviel City. He says if Ash can find some, he will battle him. Ash, Iris, and Cilan learn that they grow on Milos Island and head there to find some. Upon arriving on the island they find out that the herbs have all dried up for some reason. They meet Lewis who decides to pray to Landorus in order to save the island. However, things go unexpectedly wrong when the Legendary Weather pokémon Tornadus and Thundurus show up and begin rampaging.

star 8.78
9 votes
Team Plasma's Pokemon Manipulation!

#18 - Team Plasma's Pokemon Manipulation!

Season 15 - Episode 33

Colress appears and tests his newly-advanced machine on Dragon-type Pokémon - first taking over a young trainer's Haxorus, and later Iris's Dragonite. As Ash and Charizard try to stop them, N puts himself in the crossfire, knowing the Pokémon should be friends and not fight.

star 8.77
13 votes
Butterfree and Me!

#19 - Butterfree and Me!

Season 15 - Episode 46

On Wayfarer Island, Ash and his friends see the native Metapod and Butterfree, and when they find a Caterpie who has not yet evolved, Ash takes it upon himself to help the very lazy Pokémon join the rest of its friends, remembering the times he had raising his own Butterfree years ago.

star 8.77
13 votes
There's a New Gym Leader in Town!

#20 - There's a New Gym Leader in Town!

Season 15 - Episode 27

The group's boat arrives in Aspertia City, and they arrange to meet Cheren, Professor Juniper's acquaintance and the city's new Gym Leader. A teacher at the local Pokémon School, Cheren is lacking in confidence regarding his worth for the title, something Cilan - as a former Gym Leader himself - connects with him over. After misadventures in the Pokémon House on the school grounds - including a series of mishaps between Cilan, Pansage, and a flock of Ducklett - Ash has an unofficial Gym match against Cheren, Oshawott facing off against Herdier.

star 8.75
12 votes
O'er the Rampardos We Watched!

#21 - O'er the Rampardos We Watched!

Season 10 - Episode 18

Ash returns to Oreburgh Gym, ready to challenge Roark again. As the battle starts, Ash quickly surprises everyone when Pikachu manages to take down Onix. As the second battle begins, Ash pits Aipom against Geodude. After a long struggle, Ash manages to beat Geodude, and loses Pikachu and Aipom before the real test begins, defeating Roark's newly-evolved Rampardos.

star 8.74
19 votes
Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!

#22 - Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!

Season 15 - Episode 9

It’s the final battle of the Junior Cup with Trip facing off against Alder. Dawn leaving for the Wallace Cup in Unova. Ash and Dawn have a battle before she leaves.

star 8.74
19 votes
Memories are Made of Bliss!

#23 - Memories are Made of Bliss!

Season 13 - Episode 34

Back in Twinleaf Town, Ash, Dawn, and Brock finally come to realize that their journey together is over. Everyone is sad about this, especially Piplup who is overwhelmed with tears. However, as one journey ends, one is also set to begin.

star 8.73
11 votes
Balance of Power

#24 - Balance of Power

Season 7 - Episode 30

Having already won four badges during his adventures in Hoenn, Ash finally starts his long-awaited rematch with Norman, except this time it is an official Gym Battle with a Balance Badge on the line! Ash begins with Pikachu while Norman starts with a fast Slakoth which Pikachu is unable to hit, and after receivng a bit of damage, Ash is forced to change to Torkoal to counter Slakoth's Blizzard attack. With Norman's Vigoroth and Slaking still to come, and Max rooting for his father to win, can Ash defeat the toughest Gym Leader he's faced so far...

star 8.70
20 votes
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Ash and N A Clash of Ideals!

#25 - Ash and N A Clash of Ideals!

Season 15 - Episode 36

At the ruins dedicated to the Pokémon Reshiram, N steals the Light Stone from Cedric Juniper, and Ash's attempt to stop him ends with them separated from the others. Team Plasma move to attack the White Ruins while Team Rocket watch on in anticipation, and Iris, Cilan and Looker attempt to fight off the enemy forces.

star 8.70
10 votes